No legal action from BAR

No legal action from BAR

BAR released a statement on Friday morning to say that the team will not challenge the two race ban given in the appeal court hearing. Once the verdict was delivered BAR said it would take legal action but now it appears there simply isn't...

BAR released a statement on Friday morning to say that the team will not challenge the two race ban given in the appeal court hearing. Once the verdict was delivered BAR said it would take legal action but now it appears there simply isn't anything that can be done to get the team onto the grid in Spain.

BAR-Honda team members out of work.
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"B.A.R Honda has looked at all practical ways of immediately challenging the decision. The central issue is one of jurisdiction," said the statement, which described the legal processes as "extraordinarily complex".

"Jurisdiction in Europe is governed by European-wide rules, which say that a defendant party has a right to be sued in the territory in which it is based. Upon receiving the best legal advice in all relevant jurisdictions, the conclusion is that nothing can be done to enable the team to race this weekend."

The team has also decided not to dispute the ban for the second race, which will be Monaco. "B.A.R Honda has considered whether to pursue further action which might enable it to compete at Monaco."

"On balance, the team has decided that to challenge the sport's governing body would cause a level of disruption and damage to the sport which would not serve the best interests of everyone involved. B.A.R will be discussing the ramifications of the Court of Appeal verdict with the other teams and manufacturers involved in the sport."

Despite backing down on a legal challenge, BAR is still adamant that it has not done anything wrong and feels the penalty is too severe. "The FIA International Court of Appeal in its own judgement was unable to prove that the team acted in bad faith," the statement added.

"B.A.R Honda therefore remains unclear as to the basis for such a severe penalty. The team vigorously contests any insinuation that could potentially tarnish its reputation and good record, something that is of fundamental importance to the whole organisation and its partners."

The team said it will publish its entire submission to the appeal court on its website "in an effort to provide the greatest possible visibility to the outside world of its case".

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